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What can cause a circuit breaker to suddenly start tripping?

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Answered 2005-03-20 22:30:29

If the breaker trips when nothing is turned on it could be a mouse problem. If it only trips when certain lights or appliances are turned on one of them is probably the reason.If it trips when nothing is being turned on or off something is getting hot. You should then have qualified electrician look at it. Hope this is usefull.

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